Theory, Culture, Society (2007, Tokyo)

TCS Japan14 july 2007

Bernard Stieglar medical science therapy care for the body – gymnastics becoming technics husserl – idos – intentional core of all phenomena question of telos – in WiMAX and ubiquitous technology – to be at a distance and everwhere question of knowing what being ontoteleology as milieu of ontogenesis collectuve desure as therapy death of philosophy in era of wimax psychical/technical/symbolic associated milieu

symbolic -    associated since connects at a distance, while recognising, constituted by milieu

virtual potential find myself objectified encounter the other through another long circuit – otherness – singularity mirrored by – ego other desire – gift and countergift inscribes loop object of desire received only as much as open co-operative technologies recipients also senders

steven scweig – chess player

Barbara maria stoppard

long conscious look argument to connect certain aspect of contemporary neuroscience and what has happened in culture with regard to diminishment of conscious attention Philip toledano – photos of people watching computer games theoretical perspective rise of extended interest in systems self-assembly – self-assembly in Aristotle earl modern component – organisation of matter – auto org – external has no control palengenesis French late 18th C organic fascination with self-replication crystallography systems of self assembly installation art theme andy Goldsworthy – like science counterparts interested in process of self generation roger penrose dynamics of living cell medical community – fibrillations of art all are autosystems nanotechnology particulary interesting, since indicates exponential increase of interest in systems that are autopoietic at deepest level nano or genetic systems not only novel, but that they impart precise level of control over interactions not top-down perspective massive interest in brain as largely closed system Darwinist component different camps in neurosciences massive research focus on autopoietic focuses mental neural systems are not simply closed

3 points vanishing of selective attention emerge from modern neurobiology important for visual education – sensory based reversals of powerful earlier epistemological models 1.    cognition does not function like seeing (from Plato to Locke – demise of picture theory model of mind; limited definition of image in neuroscience; ironic since microstudy of vision has continued) 2.    one of chief waves of neuroscientists bridge humanities and scientists – adopting social issues to medical – harnessing of desire – functioning of inferencing – how much that brings to world that is part of intimate neural structure.) 3.    neurosciences have dilated perception. perceptual acts are part of entire sensorium. recognition that motion and vision are indisolvable. motion is primary. kinesis is central to all aesthetic knowing. predecssors in art – 1960s expt art – bridget riley, who realized conception of an expanded eye. victor basoreli – connections between the two – proleptic of some realizations of today – ability of putting primacy of motor experience with vision – performatively and phenomenologially dissolve gap between subject and object – back to plato – this fact suggests must consider pedagogically of instantiating situationist studis rather than film or media studies – consider estab of new study programme not dominated by continuous strip models of film, video and other projection – eg. in words of dewey or james – that is relational – relating physio and psyche to event – we already have a model – in installation work that is phenomenologically inflected – not ponty – cognitively cognizient – uliver alieson – eye integrated with multicipicty of appearances – immersive – deep anthropothentrized -  embedded within situation – intersection of event and subject

if consider VR CAVEs, political isolationism, home schooling hardly surprising that closed autopoiesis will become major ruling … for better or worse paradigm of efficient – automated info transfer

if science goes into understanding inner what about public forms of communication? if human brain models world for indiv, why confront al to test potential?

workspace model – hypothesise in relationship to other info – question: why go outside in search of context – la verite – why? given massive internal apparatus why not just linger among unconstrained alternatives

need a new kind of education – situationism, which takes into account pre-attentive scheme and how become ampligied by selective attention

counter intuitive argument:  against romantics that creativity lie in escaping, not giving into autopoietic machinery and focusing on world – such against the grain externally focused attentiveness or, working on the world is made even more difficult by proliferation of mobile media – technologies of the blink – made to be intrinsically compatible with brain’s endlessly remot control – iphone for eg – range from solipsistic system and filtering devices – bose headphones – Damien hirst – taylorization of medicine – painting made out of valium – tailored medicine – zooms in on those systems that are beyond our control – in control of someone – else – Wittgenstein: seeing not seeing as enables knowledge to grow.


steiglar on Stoppard taking care of care, chapter on paying attention attention for me is central theme in my endeavours

heteronymy dependence on other things using freud – within heteronymy – how to dissociate issue in formation of attention, form of support, when you talk I listen, when you talk I listen – in accordance with autopoiesis

organology – in French – word for tongue and language is the same – tf in a certain environment, tongue becomes a language.




john marks, French dept, uni of Nottingham posthuman and inhuman 3 authors: Dominique janicoaux, henri atler – la science et inhuman?, Eugene thacker – biomedia speculation of posthuman future range of technological treatments – genetic screening, therapeutic cloning, reproductive cloning, mind uploading, nanotechnology future where we might cease to be human become superhuman – extropian posthumanists cyborg humanity – immortal – silicon support for human brain potentially acknowledged by janicoax – ‘will man go beyond the human’ – robust human race – extremely quick and heightened sensory common reaction to posthuman has been to defend integrity of human habermas – human freedom depends on ethical imperative of reating as end of him/her self – arendt’s concept of natality fukuyama – fears human nature which underpins economic competitive system – undermined by future biotechnological dvances – ME, BUT ACTUALLY THE COMMERCIAL CHARACER OF THEM – others havequestioned much talk about posthuman seems to neglect criticism of humanism – janicoax mentions heidegger’s humanism as response to existentialism janicoax – relationship of man to being – learn to go out from himself janicoax – drawing on pascaule – human condition is one of division between inhuman and superman – persistant inhumanity of human kind reminds of abyss of inhuma, constantly threatening to undermine humanist aspirations – utopian notion of overcoming, fraught with dangers of inhumanity. but should remain open to what surpasses man in man. overcoming of limits that are part of our humanity. but janicoax is elusive – relies on assertion of what is core set of human atrtributes ‘ on the essentials..conscious, free, finite, choosing between good and evil…nothing has changed’ could reply, no, but it might fails to engage fully with potential difference of future human conditions he remarks that ‘myth of the cyborg’ says more about current fears, rather than any posthuman also prob of extropian thacker: this view consciously models itself on conventional humanism – enhanced human qualities missing a thorough engagement with technological inhuman – eg educationali opening up of human only see glimpses in janicoax

thacker: modify contemporary bioethics kantian foundation

conventional bioethics thinks of body in straighfotward – how a body can be good


thacker proposes bioethics

new: Spinoza’s bioethics – particles standing in relationship to each other bioethics asks, what is a body, what can it do and what can be done to it


atlan – cloning, embryo – misunderstanding – cellular unit resulting from process of cloning, does not exist in nature. can development into embryonic stem cells, rather than define as embryo, think of as an evolving process, rephrase ethical question – something that is not an embryo may become a human being and something that is not a human maybeco….. artifact from reprod cloning is an inhuman body –

Questions and Answers


question: death makes us human, end of death – posthuman; retaining possiblility of death –

tammy lynn castellian Heidegger and world war 1

effect of implementation of gas in world war I, first instance of biopolitical regime


hassal? the diachronic thing from book on media and time

1.    there is no time in itself, only time as measured (Aristotle) 2.    because movement is a techincal operation, time is technical 3.    because time is technical, be measured by non-human being


role of media is to measure time. chronos – Dominique janicroux – authentic from inauthentic time experienced or lived from technical time time never pure, always measured clock time not homogenous unity relatively under constantly control two senses of measure – no strict divide between measured and experienced technics is condition of primary presencing cinema operates by capturing the time of consciousness alternate possiblitis to live timee wll not follow automatically from presence of these devices in our world came from military industrial complex struggle over presencing non-reducability of time digital technology exposes a reality of time that is more difficult but not impossible to tap artist: Pierre quieeg politics of presencing time cannot exist without mediation, nor any particular

KAT spimes – space plus time – bruce sterling -    track objects in time and space, never before possible different from ubc since this identifies  a specifc tag

the control society US requiring countries with visa waiving to have rfid chips -    will soon include biometric data within chip

deleuze – postscript on a control society -    from disciplinary society (confinemet and control of bodies) to control society (flows of info)

anti-rfid activism Spychips – book – Katherine Albrecht – liz mcintyre

Philip k dick – ubik –

a crisis of interpretation ed fradkin ‘digital philosophy’ – believes universe is fundamentally computational ‘the meaning of information is given by the process that interprets it’

mp3 player – gives meaning to a file by producing audio waves

restore contexuality

Shannon did not see how he could do

also, multiple layers at which info is given meaning – from binary to C++

processual view of information by taking what meaning and interpretation connote

now meaning and interpretation not only functions of higher capacities, but can be performed in v humble ways by mp3 and human understanding

all of these dynamic hierarchies are recursively related to one another

implications for subjectivitiy

‘what is changing is not merely the terminology or metaphorical representation of subjects, but the very structreu of subjectivity, social relations and t social imaginary that supports it’ braidotti metamorphses